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70 DAYS TO 2021 KICKOFF: Kaitori Leveston

In which BracketCat counts down the 70th day until the 2021 kickoff with a profile of Kansas State offensive lineman Kaitori Leveston.

#70 Kaitori Leveston
Offensive lineman Kaitori Leveston (70) “sort of” had his expected breakthrough in 2020, but unfortunately, this opening-day starter played in but did not start half of the games at left tackle.
Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images

NOTE: Kansas State has elected to advance players’ classification even though the 2020 season did not affect eligibility. Those who wish to take advantage of this extra year will be listed as a (“super”) senior again after their original eligibility would have been exhausted.

#70 Kaitori Leveston

Redshirt Junior | 6-4 | 345 lbs. | Waco, Texas
Kaitori Leveston
Kaitori Leveston
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Offensive Line
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Co-Starter
  • Status: On Scholarship

Kaitori Leveston (b. Oct. 28, 1999) is a fairly experienced offensive lineman majoring in nutrition and health who redshirted in 2018 and enters 2021 as a returning part-time starter.

He saw time in four games as a reserve offensive lineman in 2019, playing against Nicholls, Bowling Green, Oklahoma and Kansas.

Leveston then saw action in 10 games in 2020 with five starts, which were the first starts of his career. He was part of an offensive line that helped K-State to tie for first in the Big 12 and 27th nationally in sacks allowed (14), while the Wildcats led the Big 12 and ranked fourth in the nation in red zone offense (93.9%). He was a first-team Academic All-Big 12 honoree.

Leveston played for Midway High School under head coach Jeff Hulme. He was viewed as the 59th-best offensive tackle nationally in the Class of 2018 by 247Sports.

Leveston picked up first-team All-District 8-6A honors as a senior in 2017, while he was named to the second team as a junior.

He also helped Waco Midway to the 2017 Class 6A D2 state championship game.

Leveston picked K-State over fairly impressive offers from Arizona State, Colorado State, Houston, Missouri, New Mexico, North Texas, Texas, Texas State and Texas Tech, as well as interest from Kansas, TCU and hometown university Baylor.